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Hello! Buying My First Pair of Headphones!

post #1 of 18
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Hello. I've been searching around and the amount of selections is just overwhelming. After reading through some guides I think I've got the basics down (hopefully).

 

I'm planning to use them mainly for outdoors (ex. commuting).

I listen to a large variety of genres. Though mostly classical and J-Pop.

 

I don't really have a preference between full size and ear pad forms, and though I would prefer it to be less bulky and easier to carry, I will always prioritize sound quality.

IEMs are out of the question since I really can't stand the feel of something stuck in my ear.

 

The budget is around $100, though if there aren't any suitable ones I'm willing to go up to $200 max.

 

 

From my readings and my friends' advices, I have 2 preliminary candidates: Sennheiser HD 229, and Sennheiser PX 200-II.

 

Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!


Edited by Axiaz - 6/16/13 at 12:07am
post #2 of 18

Look at SRH840, if you can find one cheap. It is fine for outdoor use, and has one of the best sound quality for $200 under braquet.

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post

Look at SRH840, if you can find one cheap. It is fine for outdoor use, and has one of the best sound quality for $200 under braquet.

I second that. 

post #4 of 18
Hello!

To keep your budget within $100, I would highly recommend you the UE4000. It's lightweight, detachable cable and yeah, everything you need for portable except for foldable design. In terms of sound, it provides the bass you need for K-pop and the very warm, detailed mids which is suitable for classical. The instrument separation here is great but soundstage can be lacking a bit in comparison. All and all, you get what you paid for!

Hope this helps!
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post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much everyone for the suggestions. I'll keep them in mind.

 

For the SRH840, I'm a bit concerned about the weight. Are there any alternatives on the lighter and smaller side?

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Axiaz View Post

Thank you very much everyone for the suggestions. I'll keep them in mind.

 

For the SRH840, I'm a bit concerned about the weight. Are there any alternatives on the lighter and smaller side?

UE 6000

post #7 of 18
What about esw9a. You can snatch one used for under 200 dollars. But again, it would help to know your sound preference. Headphones that was listed on this tread are drastically dofferent in thier sound signature.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hmm, I don't really know what my preferences are. Though I guess a balanced sound across the frequencies would be good.

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Axiaz View Post

Hmm, I don't really know what my preferences are. Though I guess a balanced sound across the frequencies would be good.

This is good, actually. Don't dwell on the research too much. Pick something up and try it. If you don't like it, congratulations! You've refined your tastes. Yeah, I would start with something that is fairly neutral and go from there. That being the case, the SRH840 is a good place to start.

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

This is good, actually. Don't dwell on the research too much. Pick something up and try it. If you don't like it, congratulations! You've refined your tastes. Yeah, I would start with something that is fairly neutral and go from there. That being the case, the SRH840 is a good place to start.

+1! Totally agree with roguegeek

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

I'm mainly using these headphones on the go (buses, walking, etc.). So the only concern I have with the 840s is that they're too large and heavy. Would there be any alternatives that are more portable, but still offer the same or almost the same sound quality/signature?

post #12 of 18

Some thing like ESW9A. It's slightly worse in sound quality, but it is much better looking and portable, as well as comfortable.

post #13 of 18
I would still recommend the UE 6000 then.
post #14 of 18
Or the M-80.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much for the suggestions.

 

From my readings, it seems like both the esw9 and M-80 don't have very good isolation? Keeping out the noise of public transit is a major concern for me.

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